What’s New Around Walt Disney World: March 15, 2016

Happy Spring! At least, it’s Spring in Disney World where temperatures are starting to rise once more with warm days leading into gorgeous nights!

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

No matter what the thermometer says in your neck of the woods, why not enjoy a bit of spring with us here at the DFB as we travel all over Disney World to find out What’s New!?

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Animal Kingdom

Okay, the surest signs of spring are happening at Epcot where the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing. And we’ll be trekking there shortly! But we’ve just gotta start at Animal Kingdom, where there are nearly as many new food choices as there are at the Festival’s thirteen Outdoor Kitchens. Well, not quite… but close! Let’s have a look around…

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

First of all, a new assortment of Paninis and Sandwiches has landed at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Harambe Village.

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

Check out our review of the Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini, the Herb-Roasted Turkey Sandwich, and the Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich!

Roast Beef and Cheddar on Ciabatta Bread

Roast Beef and Cheddar on Ciabatta Bread

Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

Herb-roasted Turkey Sandwich

Herb-roasted Turkey Sandwich

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

New at the Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks, Yeti Stout is now up for grabs!

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Thirsty River Bar menu

Thirsty River Bar menu

Yeti Stout

Yeti Stout

Restaurantosaurus

New entree options at Restaurantosaurus include a Chili Cheese Dog (we bid adieu to the Macaroni and Cheese Dog) and a Roasted Chicken with Mixed Green Salad, along with Chili Cheese Fries as a side and a Warm Chocolate Turtle Brownie for dessert.

Restaurantosaurus

Restaurantosaurus

Restaurantosaurus menu

Restaurantosaurus menu

Restaurantosaurus menu

Restaurantosaurus menu

But that might be small news compared to all the new toppings now available at the Premium Toppings Bar!

Restaurantosaurus Premium Toppings Bar

Restaurantosaurus Premium Toppings Bar

Premium Toppings

Premium Toppings

We’ll have a full review of all sorts of these new eats at Restaurantosaurus soon!

Roasted Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens

Roasted Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens

Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Warm Chocolate Turtle Brownie

Warm Chocolate Turtle Brownie

Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue is also changing things up with some MAJOR portions in their new entree selections.

Flame Tree Barbecue menu

Flame Tree Barbecue menu

Flame Tree Barbecue menu

Flame Tree Barbecue menu

Alas, no more Jumbo Turkey Legs, but check out the FULL Slab of St. Louis Ribs and the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler. (Check out that price tag, too. Fortunately these are easily shareable.) Here’s a quick glimpse before our full review to come!

Full Slab of St. Louis Ribs

Full Slab of St. Louis Ribs

Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler

Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler

Not quite up for the task of finishing off one of those platters? How about the new French Fries topped with Pulled Pork and Cheese?

Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese

Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese

Pizzafari

New entrees have also arrived at Pizzafari!

Pizzafari menu

Pizzafari menu

Pizzafari menu

Pizzafari menu

Namely, a gorgeous Shrimp Flatbread and a Heart of Romaine Salad with Shrimp.

Shrimp Flatbread

Shrimp Flatbread

Heart of Romaine Salad with Shrimp

Heart of Romaine Salad with Shrimp

Personally, though, I’m pumped about the Garlic Knots with a side of Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce.

Garlic Knots with Dipping Sauces

Garlic Knots with Dipping Sauces

Garlic Knots

Garlic Knots

Popcorn Drum

The popular Popcorn Drum has received a promotion of sorts with a listing on the signage at Mahindi (formerly Harambe Popcorn). It finds a home right next to the Musical Tumbler.

Popcorn Drum and Musical Tumbler sign

Popcorn Drum and Musical Tumbler sign

Harambe Market

Green Papaya Carrot Slaw is a new side item for the food stations at Harambe Market.

Harambe Market

Harambe Market

Harambe Market menu

Harambe Market menu

Rivers of Light Construction

And who else JUST. CAN’T. WAIT. for Rivers of Light, the nighttime spectacular getting ready for its debut in Animal Kingdom?!? Here’s a little construction update…

Final weeks of Rivers of Light construction

Final weeks of Rivers of Light construction

Final weeks of Rivers of Light construction

Final weeks of Rivers of Light construction

Also kicking off in Animal Kingdom on April 22nd are not one, but TWO new street parties!

Enjoy the Tree of Life... AT NIGHT very soon!

Enjoy the Tree of Life… AT NIGHT very soon!

The Harambe Wildlife Parti and the Discovery Island Carnivale are sure to offer plenty of festive music, dancing and other entertainment for the celebrations, which will begin “after the sun sets.”

And now off to that little Festival we mentioned earlier ;)

Epcot

2016 Flower and Garden Festival

The 2016 Flower and Garden Festival is blooming all over Epcot!

2016 Flower and Garden Festival

2016 Flower and Garden Festival

Have you picked your must-try dishes yet? If not, you may want to take a peek at pics of ALL the food and drinks at this year’s thirteen Outdoor Kitchens! And also take a look at our Best of the Fest! Here’s a quick glimpse at just a few…

Tacos de Camaron at Jardin de Fiestas

Tacos de Camaron at Jardin de Fiestas

Currywurst with Paprika Chips at Bauernmarkt

Currywurst with Paprika Chips at Bauernmarkt

Yuzu Plum Wine Slushy at Hamani

Yuzu Plum Wine Slushy at Hamani

Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne at Fleur de Lys

Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne at Fleur de Lys

La Isla Fresca and the Cider House are the two brand new Outdoor Kitchens you’ll find around World Showcase this year, so be sure and stop by give them a welcome.

La Isla Fresca Outdoor Kitchen

La Isla Fresca Outdoor Kitchen

Jerk-spice Grouper at La Isla Fresca

Jerk-spice Grouper at La Isla Fresca

Cider House Outdoor Kitchen

Cider House Outdoor Kitchen

Hard Cider and Beer Flight

Hard Cider and Beer Flight

Lotus Blossom Cafe

And while the Festival is definitely the biggest news around Epcot, there is also a small change to report at Lotus Blossom Cafe in the China Pavilion, where Beijing Noodles and Vegetable Stir Fry now appear on the menu.

Lotus Blossom Entrees

Lotus Blossom Entrees

These new additions have taken the places of the previous curry options.

Fountain View

We stopped by Fountain View — Epcot’s Starbucks location — to try the Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Frappuccino.

Fountain View

Fountain View

Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Frappuccino

Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Frappuccino

We’ll have a review here for you soon! In the meantime, have you tried one at your local Starbucks?

Oh, and P.S. There’s a new cupcake at Fountain View, too! Check out the Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake

Joffrey’s Espresso and Pastries

Stop by Joffrey’s Espresso and Pastries kiosks all over Disney World to see if they’re carrying the new Chocolate Chip Bear Claw and Red Velvet Donuts we spotted in Epcot.

Chocolate Chip Bear Claws

Chocolate Chip Bear Claws

Red Velvet Donuts

Red Velvet Donuts

It’s always fun to spy the Seasonal Beverages, too, like the current Iced Irish Cream Latte in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Joffrey's Seasonal Beverages

Joffrey’s Seasonal Beverages

La Cava del Tequila

Joffrey’s kiosks aren’t the only spots prepping for St. Paddy’s. Be on the lookout for special drinks at La Cava del Tequila in the near future, as they prepare to #paintcavagreen!

@cavadeltquila Twitter

@cavadeltquila Twitter

Now let’s take a stroll down Crescent Lake over to…

Hollywood Studios

ABC Commissary

It appears salmon is no longer available at ABC Commissary, where it used to be an option on dishes such as the Asian Salad (now only available plain or with chicken).

ABC Commissary Sign

ABC Commissary Sign

In fact, the options have been greatly reduced, featuring only four entrees. (So long, Seafood Platter!)  We’re guessing this is in prep for the whole place to close soon, but we don’t have official word on that.

ABC Commissary Options

ABC Commissary Menu

Backlot Express

Over at Backlot Express, Sea Dog Sunfish Ale is the current spotlight adult beverage, replacing the Fiery Apple Cider.

Backlot Express

Backlot Express

Sea Dog Sunfish Ale at Backlot Express

Sea Dog Sunfish Ale at Backlot Express

Streets of America

And just a reminder… if your travels bring you to Hollywood Studios before April 2, be sure to stop by Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, and the Writer’s Stop to bid a fond farewell to these locations as the Streets of America area begins its transition to make way for the additions of Toy Story and Star Wars Lands to the park.

Studios Catering Co.

Studios Catering Co.

The Tropical Splash at High Octane Refreshments

The Tropical Splash at High Octane Refreshments

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

And don’t forget to catch the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show for the last time.

Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Springtime Treats

Hop on over to spots like Main Street Confectionery, Big Top Treats, and Prairie Outpost & Supply to grab classic treats like Cake Pops and Caramel Apples all dressed up in their springtime best.

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Springtime Treats at Main Street Confectionery

Easter Egg Cake Pops

Easter Egg Cake Pops

Spring Caramel Apple

Spring Caramel Apple

Main Street Bakery

A Buttercream Mint Cupcake is the current seasonal cupcake featured at Main Street Bakery.

Buttercream Mint Cupcake

Buttercream Mint Cupcake

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Mosey on over to Pecos Bill’s to try the new Beef Nachos!

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill's menu

Pecos Bill’s menu

Pinocchio Village Haus

Tiramisu Gelato has arrived at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus Desserts

Pinocchio Village Haus Desserts

Tiramisu Gelato

Tiramisu Gelato

And a No-Sugar-Added Raspberry Sorbet has replaced the No-Sugar-Added Mango.

No Sugar Added Raspberry Sorbet

No Sugar Added Raspberry Sorbet

Tony’s Town Square

The Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad appetizer at Tony’s Town Square has been replaced with Assorted Meats and Cheese.

Tony’s Tony Square Restaurant

Tony’s Tony Square Restaurant

Tony's Town Square menu

Tony’s Town Square menu

Now, ready to step outside the parks?

Disney Springs

Disney Springs Water Tower

The Disney Springs Water Tower has arrived, which will serve as an entrance gateway to welcome guests to Disney World’s dining and entertainment district!

©Disney Springs Twitter Account

@Disney Springs Twitter

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

If you’re planning on knockin’ down some pins and grabbin’ a bite at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, you now have six new additions to choose from on the menu!

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Chicken Parmesan, Beef Tacos, Fish Tacos, and a Mushroom and Swiss Burger have joined the line up, along with Dynamite Shrimp (fried, breaded shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce) and a Southern Burger (topped with pimento cheese, fried tomatoes and red pepper jelly).

Mickey and Minnie Bowling Balls at Splitsville

Mickey and Minnie Bowling Balls at Splitsville

Morimoto Asia

Going to see Cirque du Soleil? Be sure to hang on to that ticket stub, then visit the Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia right after the show.

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia

Just present your stub and purchase a beverage, and you’ll receive a complimentary four-piece Vegetable or California Roll (valid only on the night of the show)!

Forbidden Lounge special side entrance

Forbidden Lounge special side entrance

Check out the details here, and be sure to note that this offer is good through July 31st.

Raglan Road

The Mighty Festival is ON through March 17th at Raglan Road!

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

@RaglanRoadPub Twitter

Check out all the details here regarding this celebration of Irish culture, complete with plenty o’ dancing, music — and even Celtic face painting — throughout the week.

Raglan Road Dancers ©Raglan Road Pub

Raglan Road Dancers ©Raglan Road Pub

Don’t forget 10 bucks for the cover charge that applies to guests 18 and over ONLY on March 17th… and don’t forget to WEAR YOUR GREEN!

Easter Eats

If you’re spending Easter Sunday in Disney Springs, you may be interested to learn about a few Easter specials just for March 27th. Fulton’s Crab House will feature Lobster Ravioli.

Screenshot of Fulton's Crab House Easter Menu

Screenshot of Fulton’s Crab House Easter Menu

Wolfgang Puck Cafe is preparing to offer an Easter Pairing Experience.

Screenshot of Wolfgang Puck's Easter Pairing Experience menu

Screenshot of Wolfgang Puck’s Easter Pairing Experience menu

Additionally, look for Portobello to feature Lamb Ravioli with a roasted mushroom sauce served with a house salad.

@PortobelloWDW Twitter

@PortobelloWDW Twitter

But if you can’t make it to Portobello on Easter Sunday, you’ve still got the rest of March to try their Irish Mule!

@PortobelloWDW Twitter

@PortobelloWDW Twitter

STK Progress

Here’s a sure… ahem… SIGN that STK Orlando is indeed “Coming Soon” to Disney Springs!

STK sign

STK sign

No word on an opening date — or even month — yet, but signage is up for this highly anticipated eatery.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. and AristoCrepes

Speaking of signs… these “Coming Soon” signs decorating refurbishment walls tell of two new Disney-themed food stops on the way to Disney Springs:  AristoCrepes and B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.!

AristoCrepes Coming Soon

AristoCrepes Coming Soon

B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. Coming Soon

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. Coming Soon

More to Come

And have you heard about the other new dining additions on the way to Disney Springs?

Disney Springs mural

Disney Springs mural

Be sure to check out this post to learn about D-Luxe Burger, Amorette’s Patisserie, and a whole new look and feel coming to Fulton’s Crab House!

Resorts

Polynesian Village Resort

The Oasis Pool (not to mention the Oasis Pool Bar and Grill) is preparing to welcome guests at the Polynesian. Soft openings are currently in progress, and the Grand Opening is set for March 17th.

Oasis Pool

Oasis Pool

Hot Tub

Hot Tub

Oasis Pool Bar and Grill area

Oasis Pool Bar and Grill area

And while we’re at the Poly… You now have an extra hour and a half to try to score an Advance Dining Reservation at ‘Ohana, where dinner will begin at 3:30 pm daily moving forward.

'Ohana sign

‘Ohana sign

And remember, breakfast now starts at 7:30 am and ends at Noon, giving you more time to hang out with Lilo and Stitch in the morning!

Lilo at 'Ohana

Lilo at ‘Ohana

Pop Century and Art of Animation

A Sesame Chicken entree is now an option at Everything Pop Food Court.

Everything Pop Food Court

Everything Pop Food Court

Sesame Chicken on the menu

Sesame Chicken on the menu

Missed breakfast at Landscape of Flavors? Fret not, as a Create-Your-Own Omelet option is now available at the Pasta Station throughout the day.

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

Create-Your-Own Omelet

Create-Your-Own Omelet on the menu

Contemporary Resort

The Force is strong with the Star Wars Cupcakes at Contempo Cafe

Star Wars cupcakes

Star Wars Cupcakes

Those are souvenir rings as the toppers, so be sure to pick your favorite of several characters from The Force Awakens. We’ll be taking a closer look at this one soon.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake is also available now through April 2nd.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Allrighty, friends, that’s a wrap! Before we go, here’s a little more Disney for your day, courtesy of Caribbean Beach Resort!

Donald Duck water painting

So long from Caribbean Beach… and Donald Duck!

Until next time… Eat and Be Happy!

 Have you spotted anything new during a recent trip around the World? We’d love to hear about it in a comment!

Comments

  1. Mike V says

    I second that…..great updates….thanks so much.
    Can I get picky and request a full size photo of the beef nachos at Pecos?

    Love the direction AK is headed with all the interesting yummy looking snack options…..

  2. Jordan says

    Thanks for the update! Aristocrepes looks really cool. I hope they continue the Aristocats theming well inside.

  3. Sandra says

    So many new things to try! We eat mostly QS meals so it’s great to see those locations getting a little love. Kind of bummed about the veggie curry at Lotus Blossom, as it was tasty and filling, but at least they kept my son’s favorite, must-have dish, the orange chicken.

  4. Virginia R says

    The Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich would be 100% more tasty if it was warm. It was quite disappointing.

  5. Sally says

    I noticed you mentioned the Writer’s Stop is closing – in a previous post you mentioned this is the home of the famous Carrot Cake Cookie. Where might I be able to find this treat come mid-April? (I’m so excited to try it!). Thank you!

  6. Patricia says

    Great updates! Loving that full rack of ribs… Ugh, 166 days to go until we are “home”

  7. Carl says

    The Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake at Srarbucks was one of the most incredible food finds i had on my last trip. Wow that thing was tasty !!

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